Percona XtraBackup needs to be able to connect to the database server and perform operations on the server and the datadir when creating a backup, when preparing in some scenarios and when restoring it. In order to do so, there are privileges and permission requirements on its execution that must be fulfilled.
Privileges refers to the operations that a system user is permitted to do in the database server. They are set at the database server and only apply to users in the database server.
Permissions are those which permits a user to perform operations on the system, like reading, writing or executing on a certain directory or start/stop a system service. They are set at a system level and only apply to system users.
Whether xtrabackup or innobackupex is used, there are two actors involved: the user invoking the program - a system user - and the user performing action in the database server - a database user. Note that these are different users in different places, even though they may have the same username.
All the invocations of innobackupex and xtrabackup in this documentation assume that the system user has the appropriate permissions and you are providing the relevant options for connecting the database server - besides the options for the action to be performed - and the database user has adequate privileges.
$ xtrabackup --user=DVADER --password=14MY0URF4TH3R --backup \ --target-dir=/data/bkps/ $ innobackupex --user=DBUSER --password=SECRET /path/to/backup/dir/ $ innobackupex --user=LUKE --password=US3TH3F0RC3 --stream=tar ./ | bzip2 -
If you don’t use the
xtrabackup --user option, Percona XtraBackup
will assume the database user whose name is the system user executing it.
According to your system, you may need to specify one or more of the following options to connect to the server:
|–port||The port to use when connecting to the database server with TCP/IP.|
|–socket||The socket to use when connecting to the local database.|
|–host||The host to use when connecting to the database server with TCP/IP.|
These options are passed to the mysql child process without
mysql --help for details.
In case of multiple server instances the correct connection parameters (port, socket, host) must be specified in order for xtrabackup to talk to the correct server.
Once connected to the server, in order to perform a backup you will need
EXECUTE permissions at a filesystem level in the
The database user needs the following privileges on the tables/databases to be backed up:
LOCK TABLES(unless the
--no-lockoption is specified) in order to
FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCKand
FLUSH ENGINE LOGSprior to start copying the files, and
LOCK TABLES FOR BACKUPand
LOCK BINLOG FOR BACKUPrequire this privilege when Backup Locks are used,
REPLICATION CLIENTin order to obtain the binary log position,
CREATE TABLESPACEin order to import tables (see Restoring Individual Tables),
PROCESSin order to see all threads which are running on the server (see Improved FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK handling),
SUPERin order to start/stop the slave threads in a replication environment, use XtraDB Changed Page Tracking for Incremental Backups and for Improved FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK handling,
CREATEprivilege in order to create the PERCONA_SCHEMA.xtrabackup_history database and table,
INSERTprivilege in order to add history records to the PERCONA_SCHEMA.xtrabackup_history table,
SELECTprivilege in order to use
innobackupex --incremental-history-uuidin order for the feature to look up the
innodb_to_lsnvalues in the PERCONA_SCHEMA.xtrabackup_history table.
The explanation of when these are used can be found in How Percona XtraBackup Works.
An SQL example of creating a database user with the minimum privileges required to full backups would be:
mysql> CREATE USER 'bkpuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 's3cret'; mysql> GRANT RELOAD, LOCK TABLES, PROCESS, REPLICATION CLIENT ON *.* TO 'bkpuser'@'localhost'; mysql> FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
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